For decades, Colorado has served as an epicenter for extractive and natural resource dependent industries. Many of these economic sectors are prone to boom and bust cycles, given the volatile nature of global commodity markets. What impacts does this have for communities around Colorado over time, from both the stability of their economies and to the security of residents’ livelihoods and quality of life? Join Colorado State University sociologist of environment, globalization, and development, Dr. Stephanie Malin, as she examines Colorado’s energy past, present, and future through the lenses of uranium mining and milling and unconventional oil and gas production. Dynamics related to environmental justice, persistent poverty, and additional sociological impacts of boom-bust cycles will be examined.
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